Books You NEED to Read


Peter Enns: The Bible Tells Me So

This book will liberate you to read the Bible the way it was intended to be read.


N.T. Wright: Simply Jesus

Wright is a brilliant New Testament scholar, who cares about writing in ways that everyone can understand. This book sums up how the whole story of scripture was leading up to Jesus in a powerful way.


John Ortberg: The Me I Want to Be

Many books have challenged me to think or understand something in a new way. This book actually changed the way I live my life. Read it and allow it to free you to live the life God intended you to live.


Andy Stanley: Deep and Wide

Hands down the best Church Leadership/Programming book I have ever read.


Stephen Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I don’t care how old this book is, it will never be out of date. Read it, let it wreck you, and then become a more effective person.


Mark DeVries: Sustainable Youth Ministry

There’s lots of great Youth Ministry books out there. If you only read one, make it this one.

My Favorite Preachers to Listen To

Alistair Begg – Alistair is an old Irish dude who knows more about the Bible than just about any preacher I’ve ever listened to.

Tim Mackie – Tim is a younger “more hip” dude who knows more about the Bible than just about any preacher I’ve ever listened to. Also, his Non-Profit, The Bible Project, puts out incredible content.

Student Ministry

Current Students Checkpoints – Checkpoints we developed for planning each year of messages

Sermon Outline Sheet – Resource I developed for easy focused planning of Student Ministry sermons.

Small Group Questions Template – Template I developed for easy “FLOW” discussion – Tons of free media, small groups questions, and resources for sermon series

Youth Ministry Geek – Student Ministry from a technological perspective

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding – A great resource for parents – Online library of video messages from Christian communicators for free – Tons of free tools and resources for Student Ministry

Out of Ur – Ministry and Culture

YPulse – Receive regular updates on the latest fads for youth culture

Live Curriculum – Help plan out teaching points for all 7 years of Student Ministry


Worship Leader Expectations – Expectations I developed to go over with a student ministry worship team.

Worship Service Principles – Guidelines to go over with worship teams

Planning Center –  A great place for churches to organize volunteers and programming

Lowel EDU – Learn cool lighting techniques for free

Stixy – Online storyboarding

Church Crunch – Web technology for churches

Loops in Worship – Tools for creating and using loops in worship

Guitar for Worship – Everything you could ever want for making the perfect guitar sounds for worship

Guitar Pedals for Worship – Help in selecting the perfect pedals

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